Why Kepler?

WE ARE ON A MISSION TO

BUILD THE INTERNET FOR SPACE 

 

Kepler’s vision is to provide real-time, continuous connectivity for space, making space-generated data instantaneously accessible and empowering humanity to become a spacefaring civilization.

 

Kepler provides real-time, continuous connectivity for space, abolishing barriers to make space-generated data universally accessible. We are creating the infrastructure needed to support the current and future needs of the space industry, empowering the human reach outside of earth. Our products keep customers connected to on-orbit assets by enhancing telemetry, tracking, and commanding (TT&C) availability through intersatellite links and significantly increasing capacity for mission-essential data being downlinked back to earth.

Operating with Kepler-owned ground stations and in-house production facilities to design, build, and test our very own satellites and their payloads, we understand the full lifecycle of satellite operations and the many challenges our customers face when executing their own missions.

As we prepare to launch the next generation of satellites, we are actively abolishing geographic and regulatory barriers to standardize access to space-generated data. We are devoted to our mission of building the internet for space, ensuring critical data is available to all mission operators in real time, all the time.

How Are We Different?

Proven Flight Heritage

With patented technology tested and deployed on 19 satellites in orbit, our products have proven flight heritage for our customers.

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Turnkey Product Offerings 

Kepler’s S-Band, Ku-Band, and Optical services will expand your mission potential and provide smarter solutions to global gaps in space communications.

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Priority Spectrum Holding

Our services grant operators access to Kepler’s Ku-band and S-band regulatory filings, allowing our customers to focus on the mission and avoid the hassle of pursuing their own filings. 

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Full Lifecycle Satellite Operations 

We are proud to be among the few commercial space companies that can operate with vertically integrated production. 

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Our Leadership

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mina Mitry

Mina is one of Kepler’s co-founders and the company’s CEO. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto, and has experience conceiving and scaling disruptive companies. In 2015 he co-founded Kepler Communications with the ultimate mission of bringing Internet connectivity to space. Under his leadership Kepler was named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company.

"Innovation can only exist with a clear vision and a good underlying motivation - that is, to make a better version of the world."

Mina is one of Kepler’s co-founders and the company’s CEO. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto, and has experience conceiving and scaling disruptive companies. In 2015 he co-founded Kepler Communications with the ultimate mission of bringing internet connectivity to space. Under his leadership Kepler was named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company.

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Wen Cheng Chong

Wen’s passion is in tackling big challenges. Challenges that involve pushing the boundaries of technology and changing the way we do things. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science program where he was top of his class, majoring in aerospace engineering. Prior to joining Kepler, he worked at Bombardier Aerospace designing the next generation of business jets. In his spare time, he likes to think of ways to bring the Ironman suit to real life.

“Make it work. Make it good. Then make it great.”

Wen’s passion is in tackling big challenges. Challenges that involve pushing the boundaries of technology and changing the way we do things. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science program where he was top of his class, majoring in aerospace engineering. Prior to joining Kepler, he worked at Bombardier Aerospace designing the next generation of business jets. In his spare time, he likes to think of ways to bring the Ironman suit to real life.

CHIEF ARCHITECT

Mark Michael

Mark is the whiz behind the Engineering team at Kepler. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto, a master’s in operations research and he quit his PhD in electrical & computer engineering to focus on Kepler. Mark has worked as a developer for major software firms including IBM and Oracle as well as on RBC’s electronic trading platform. He won IBM's Smarter Planet award for his work on a traffic optimization algorithm and enjoys applying his math skills to problems in space, medicine and sports. He claims to have mathematically proven that Michael Jordan is the best basketball player of all time.

“Whether you think you can do something, or you think you can’t, you’ll be right.”

Mark is the whiz behind the Engineering team at Kepler. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto, a master’s in operations research and he quit his PhD in electrical & computer engineering to focus on Kepler. Mark has worked as a developer for major software firms including IBM and Oracle as well as on RBC’s electronic trading platform. He won IBM's Smarter Planet award for his work on a traffic optimization algorithm and enjoys applying his math skills to problems in space, medicine and sports. He claims to have mathematically proven that Michael Jordan is the best basketball player of all time.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Steve Bennett

Steve motivates and leads teams to transform vision into reality. Over the course of the first 25 years of his career, Steve has ensured all thrusters are firing in aerospace programs ranging from the most demanding defense applications to human spaceflight endeavours. Steve’s focus on execution has delivered success at Honeywell, Raytheon, BAE Systems, L3 and most recently Blue Origin. From his start testing the Centaur launch vehicle for satellite delivery to leading teams of hundreds, Steve remains an engineer at heart and enjoys solving problems of all shapes, sizes and of the highest complexity. Steve holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Arizona, is a published technology expert, and holds multiple patents.

"There's no more exciting a time than right now for space - and Kepler is building towards being a significant player."

Steve motivates and leads teams to transform vision into reality. Over the course of the first 25 years of his career, Steve has ensured all thrusters are firing in aerospace programs ranging from the most demanding defense applications to human spaceflight endeavours. Steve’s focus on execution has delivered success at Honeywell, Raytheon, BAE Systems, L3 and most recently Blue Origin. From his start testing the Centaur launch vehicle for satellite delivery to leading teams of hundreds, Steve remains an engineer at heart and enjoys solving problems of all shapes, sizes and of the highest complexity. Steve holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Arizona, is a published technology expert, and holds multiple patents.

VP, ENGINEERING

Diane Burchett

Diane’s passion for engineering started as a young girl that enjoyed taking things apart to learn how they work. Fast forward some years, she's now a professional engineer with a Master's degree in Material Science Engineering from the University of Toronto and an alumna of the International Space University. She has 25 years’ experience in the space industry working at COM DEV and Honeywell in quality, design integrity and engineering leadership. She has proven success in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to solve challenges in design, integration, and test of high-reliability space hardware. Taking on interesting challenges with high business impact and innovative technologies such as additive manufacturing continues to drive her learning mindset.

Diane’s passion for engineering started as a young girl that enjoyed taking things apart to learn how they work. Fast forward some years, she's now a professional engineer with a Master's degree in Material Science Engineering from the University of Toronto and an alumna of the International Space University. She has 25 years’ experience in the space industry working at COM DEV and Honeywell in quality, design integrity and engineering leadership. She has proven success in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to solve challenges in design, integration, and test of high-reliability space hardware. Taking on interesting challenges with high business impact and innovative technologies such as additive manufacturing continues to drive her learning mindset.

Our Values

Work Together

To go far, go together. Strive to ensure the bonds of teamwork, goodwill, and trust in others are continuously strengthened for both internal counterparts and external partners.

Speak up & Listen

Be honest and open when something needs addressing, but listen keenly when others are expressing themselves. In discussions, seek truth and a higher level of understanding.

Own & Entrust

Own responsibility for projects and problems. Take the initiative to solve when you identify a problem. Entrust others with responsibility and decision making. Democratize the decision making.

Endeavor for the 10x

Constantly seek new opportunities for learning and improvement. Do the hard stuff. Encourage innovation by giving others freedom to try and fail.

Mission Driven

Maintain an intense drive to accomplish and a firm belief in the need for accomplishing the Kepler Mission.

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